MINNEAPOLIS — The White Sox rode a career game at the plate by Jose Abreu to a comeback victory on Sunday afternoon.
Abreu homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs and the White Sox rallied from four runs down to beat the Minnesota Twins 13-11 in 12 innings in front of 22,595 at Target Field.
Tim Anderson’s two-run double off Pat Dean helped the White Sox overcome a blown save by Dave Robertson to win for the second time in seven games on the road trip. Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and J.R. Murphy all homered for the Twins.
Tommy Kahnle pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 12th for his first save of the season and third of his career.
“This is what you really expect out of (Abreu),” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s pretty free and easy right now.
“(It helps) when you have a guy where you feel like he’ll get something started or drive it in. “That’s what he’s doing right now.”
Anderson made sure Abreu didn’t have to do any more heavy-lifting than he already had. With runners on second and third, Anderson worked the count full before he ripped a 3-2 slider into the left-field corner to score both runs. Anderson went 3-for-7 to raise his average to .285.
“The game is going back and forth and you don’t want to give in,” Anderson said. “It’s a relief --- kind of like my first hit.”
The White Sox had earlier rallied from a 10-9 deficit in the ninth inning on Avisail Garcia’s bases-loaded, two-run single off Brandon Kintzler. But Kurt Suzuki doubled off Robertson with one out to drive in the tying run. It was Robertson’s seventh blown save in 40 tries.
Abreu, who also went 3-for-7, made Sano pay for a first-inning error when he could have turned an inning-ending double play. Red hot on the road trip, Abreu hammered a 1-1 slider from Andrew Albers for a three-run shot, his 21st.
With the White Sox down three in the fifth, Abreu showed his finesse side as he dumped a 3-2 slider into right for a two-out RBI single.
The first baseman displayed his power once more in the seventh when a 1-2 curveball caught way too much of the plate resulting in a 465-foot shot into the second deck in left. Abreu’s second three-run homer of the game got the White Sox back within 9-8.
It was the first seven RBI-performance by a White Sox hitter since Jim Thome on July 17, 2009, against the Baltimore Orioles. Abreu hit .412/.412/.794 with four home runs and 13 RBIs on the seven-game road trip.
“I would say this is my best moment of the season,” Abreu said though an interpreter.
But the Twins easily erased their early four-run deficit when Buxton continued a monster series of his own with a game-tying grand slam off Anthony Ranaudo in the second inning. Dozier’s 18th homer since July 31 and 35th overall extended Minnesota’s lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the fourth.
Murphy made it an 8-5 game with a solo homer off the foul pole in the fifth inning. Sano, who also homered on Saturday, gave the Twins a two-run cushion with a solo homer off Matt Albers in the seventh inning.
Ranaudo allowed nine earned runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings for the White Sox.
Those woes nearly extended to the 12th as rookie Juan Minaya walked the first batters he faced. Kahnle also issued a walk as the Twins loaded the bases. But Kahnle knocked down Eddie Rosario’s two-out grounder and Todd Frazier retrieved it and fired to third for the final out.
“I’m not going to tell you what was going through my mind,” Ventura said. “They’re not easy. (The Twins battled).”